Government stalls LNG projects

ABC news 15.07.2010

The Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to review proposals for multi-billion-dollar gas projects in the state.

Santos and the BG group want to convert coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Gladstone in central Queensland for export.

The Santos and BG developments in Queensland are estimated to be worth more than $20 billion, but have not been given final approval.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett asked for extra information yesterday from both companies.

The Federal Government has now given the developers until October to address water management issues in their environmental impact statements (EIS).

Mr Hutcheon says it was wrong for the Queensland Government to conditionally approve the project in the first place.

“The Queensland Government gave provisional approval for these developments without knowing the answer to that question as to whether the Great Artesian Basin would be impacted,” he said.

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